Laura Byrne is a practising barrister on the Western Circuit with a keen interest in criminal law. Outside of her own practice, she is regularly tasked by other practitioners to draft their legal submissions for the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. She is passionate about the legal practice and procedure in criminal law. Laura holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin and the title of her thesis was ‘The Potential Role of the Right to Procreative Autonomy in Relation to the Regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Irish Law’. Laura graduated with a BCL (International) undergraduate degree from University College Dublin, an LLM (Masters in Law) from Cambridge University and an Advanced Diploma in Applied Employment Law from Kings Inns, Dublin. She is author of the monthly Irish Criminal Law Update on Bloomsbury Professional Online. Laura published a paper in a British family law publication entitled ‘The Parental Right to Make Mistakes and Irish Constitutional Reform’, in H. Keating and C. Lind (eds), Transforming Families and Regulating Responsibilities (2011). She has presented a number papers in criminal law to Western Circuit CPDs for the Bar Council and presents conference papers in Irish and UK academic conferences in areas of family law. She has lectured in University College Dublin, Trinity College and the University of Galway.